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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Richmond Aarstad is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. He is sitting next to a yellow lab.
Richmond Aarstad
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Richmond Aarstad
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Before joining BluePearl, Dr. Aarstad worked in Arizona for several years as medical director of an emergency animal hospital and as a primary care veterinarian.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Mesa AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Aarstad enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, Lightning. His hobbies include hiking, camping, bird watching, hunting, fishing and working on his house.
Dr. Brenna Barger is board certified in small animal surgery. Here she is with a black dog.
Brenna Barger
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Brenna Barger
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Interested in all types of surgery, Dr. Brenna Barger’s particular interests include orthopedic surgery, particularly fractures, and emergency surgery for trauma patients.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Microbiology, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Some of Dr. Barger’s favorite pastimes include cycling, hiking, gardening, knitting and quilting. She has two Portuguese water dogs who love to hike and swim.
Dr. Ryan Bragg is board certified in emergency and critical care veterinarian medicine. Here he is with a tan and white dog.
Ryan Bragg
DVM, MS, DACVECC
Critical Care
Ryan Bragg
DVM, MS, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ryan Bragg is especially interested in mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gas monitoring, derangements in pulmonary function and tissue oxygenation, acute abdominal disorders and the management of associated postoperative complications. He also is interested in enteral and parenteral nutrition, continuous renal replacement therapy, and coagulation abnormalities – particularly disorders of hemostasis in the critical patient.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, Boston MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Bragg shares a home with his wife and child, two poorly behaved mutts, Billie and Wallace, and Elvis, an even more poorly behaved cat. He enjoys movies, traveling, running and raising show lambs.
Dr. Brent Chance is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Brent Chance
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Brent Chance
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Some of Dr. Brent Chance's favorite conditions to treat are simple and bring quick relief to pets and their owners, like hypoglycemic puppies and fish hooks in the lip.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Pittsburg State University, Kansas
Dr. Chance is married and has four children. He enjoys four-wheeling, fishing and updating old houses. The family has two dogs, Rosie and Maggie, a cat named Cory Cordelia, and two cows, Jessie and Daisy.
Dr. Taylor Duffy is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Taylor Duffy
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Taylor Duffy
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Taylor Duffy is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Illinois College, Jacksonville IL
In her spare time, Dr. Duffy likes to be outdoors kayaking or hiking with her dog. She also enjoys going to the gym and fitness classes.
Dr. Loren Easterwood is a veterinarian in our internal medicine service.
Loren Easterwood
DVM
Internal Medicine
Loren Easterwood
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Loren Easterwood enjoys gastrointestinal disease cases because it is interesting to investigate their underlying causes.
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, New York NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, Durham NC
Dr. Easterwood’s hobbies include yoga and running. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and her dog, a rescued Maltese mix.
Dr. Mary Gardner is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Mary Gardner
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Mary Gardner
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mary Gardner is an emergency clinician who provides compassionate care for pets with urgent medical needs. She has a special interest in surgery.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Outside of work, Dr. Gardner enjoys running, reading and cheering on her favorite sports teams, the Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC. She also likes spending time with her two daughters and her cat.
Dr. Shara Grauberger is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Shara Grauberger
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Shara Grauberger
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Grauberger enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Surgery, Indiana
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Mississippi State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Grauberger’s family includes Cooper, a treeing Walker coonhound, and Beau, a large Munsterlander. She enjoys fly fishing, especially when she hooks something other than herself or shrubbery.
Dr. Heather Heeb is board certified in veterinary oncology. Here she is with a brown and white dog, and a tri-color corgi.
Heather Heeb
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Heather Heeb
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Heather Heeb enjoys all aspects of the oncology field.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Dr. Todd Odle is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Todd Odle
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Todd Odle
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Odle enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Overland Park KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
When not at the hospital, Dr. Odle enjoys the outdoor life.
Dr. Karissa Severud is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She has a brown and black dog in her lap.
Karissa Severud
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Karissa Severud
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Karissa Severud finds orthopedic diseases and internal medicine conditions the most gratifying to treat. She is interested in exotic animal medicine and enjoys discussing ideal husbandry and environmental conditions for exotic animals.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Overland Park, KS
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Severud has three dogs that she refers to as "the girls," one of which is a puppy with medically managed portosystemic shunts. She also has a cat and a snake. She enjoys being outside, training with “the girls,” working out and running half marathons with her mother.
Dr. Lydia Thomsen is a veterinarian in our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Lydia Thomsen
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Lydia Thomsen
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lydia Thomsen is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She is interested in all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Thomsen enjoys photography, exploring, hiking around national parks and spending time with her fiancé, two dogs and two cats.
Dr. Kayla Viebrock is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She is holding a dachshund in her arms.
Kayla Viebrock
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Kayla Viebrock
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kayla Viebrock enjoys all aspects of internal medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicined, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Kansas City
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Miami Veterinary Specialists, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Viebrock enjoys time with her husband and sons. The family has two dogs, beagle Madison and dachshund Sven.
Dr. Kaylee Visser is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Kaylee Visser
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Kaylee Visser
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kaylee Visser’s areas of interest include trauma cases, pain management and intervertebral disc disease. She has a special place in her heart for small geriatric patients and her favorite dog breed is Chihuahuas.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan
Dr. Visser has an Australian Kelpie dog named Ava and an orange female cat named Doris. She loves playing sports, traveling and watching the Chiefs.
Dr. Dana White is a veterinarian in our surgery service. Here she is with a brown dog.
Dana White
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Dana White
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Dana White’s clinical interests include upper airway surgery, intervertebral disc disease and cranial cruciate ligament repair.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Master of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia
Dr. White enjoys kayaking and baking. She and her husband live with a multitude of dogs.
Dr. Yeamans-McGee, DVM, MRCVS, neurologist and neurosurgeon at BluePearl in Overland Park.
Carmen Yeamans-McGee
DVM, MRCVS
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Carmen Yeamans-McGee
DVM, MRCVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Carmen Yeamans McGee utilizes implanted vagal nerve stimulators to assist in controlling epilepsy in patients. She has completed numerous procedures to assist in relieving pressure within the brain due to excess fluid accumulation within the ventricular system or cystic structures within the skull.

Dr. Yeamans McGee has a strong interest in surgical management of neurological conditions and finds intervertebral disc disease and inflammatory disease of the brain the most gratifying to treat.
  • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Neurology & Neurosurgery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Internship, Small Animal Neurology & Neurosurgery, VCA Animal Specialty Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Surgery, SAGE Veterinary Centers, Concord, CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
In her free time, Dr. Yeamans McGee enjoys outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking and fishing. She appreciates spending time with her husband, daughter, Dachshund named Angus, German shepherd named Sergeant and Savannah cat named Echo.